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Jun 09

Inspiration Station – Goodbye Sarajevo

Have you read this book yet?

I’ve just returned from a local book launch for the book Goodbye Sarajevo where sisters Hana Schofield and Atka Reid spoke beautifully about their personal experience of the war in Bosnia. I just  had to post about it because they are so great!

I first met Hana a couple of years or so ago whilst couch surfing at my sisters flat in London and while we had chatted a little about what her and Atka were up to, I was blown away to hear more about their families experiences – Atka was right in amongst the conflict, struggling to survive with her 5 younger siblings during the seige of Sarajevo while Hana ended up as a refugee for 2 years in neighbouring Croatia (at the age of 12) – without even a proper goodbye to her family and no contact with them, as they were stuck back inside the conflict zone.

What’s cool about the way Hana and Atka tell their story is their focus on the courage, hope and extraordinatry human kindness they have encountered along the way. Their escape from Bosnia and arrival to New Zealand is a happy ending that leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside and a sense that – despite all the terrible things us humans insist on doing to each other (will we ever learn?) – there is hope for us yet.

Goodbye Sarajevo is also special because it is not written by a photo-journalist or humanitarian worker – but through the eyes of two women whose families had called Bosnia their home for generations.

Congratulations Hana and Atka. This was clearly a difficult tale to tell but I am so glad you had the courage to do it – I can’t wait to snuggle up with my wheat bag on this cold winter night and get started on the book!


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  • Thank you for your kind words 🙂 The event at Hedleys Bookstore was wonderful, Atka and I were thrilled to meet such a large number of book enthusiasts, all of whom had very interesting questions. Thanks for coming along, hope to see you soon (and all the very best with the business, the website looks great).
    Hana:)

  • JanineOgg

    Thanks for the post Hana, it was great to see you again!

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